Minors and abortion

Barriers to Womens Rights in Implementation of The Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA) in KwaZulu- Natal

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Health Systems Trust

Unsafe abortions are recognised as a global health problem. It is estimated that, worldwide and annually, twenty (20) million abortions are induced by untrained people under medically unsafe conditions. It is further estimated that, worldwide and annually, eighty thousand (80 000) women die as a result of unsafe abortions while another five (5) million women suffer non-fatal health problems (UNDP) as a consequence of unsafe abortions.

SA teenagers still battle for access to abortion

A young girl falls pregnant and hides the fact from her parents, fearing their opprobrium. She visits a back-street abortionist, where an unsterile knitting needle is inserted into her vagina. Days later she is hospitalised for severe sepsis of the uterus. The teenager will never bear children again. She is one of the lucky ones.

UK ruling revives teen abortion issue

The debate on whether minors should be allowed to undergo abortions without the permission of their parents was reignited in South Africa after a high court ruling in the United Kingdom made it legal for girls aged 16 and younger to have abortions without consulting their parents.